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The City of Evanston encourages residents to contact its Property Tax Assessment Review Office with any questions related to a new Illinois law that expands property tax exemptions for disabled veterans. Residents should call Mitzi Gibbs, Tax Assessment Reviewer, at 847-448-8168.

Under the new law, veterans with a 30-49 percent disability (as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) will receive a $2,500 annual property tax exemption; veterans with disabilities of 50-69 percent will qualify for a $5,000 yearly exemption; and veterans with a service-connected disability of 70 percent and greater are exempted from all property tax payments.

The new property tax exemption forms will be available on January 1, 2016 on the Cook County Assessor’s website, cookcountyassessor.com. Applications for the property tax exemptions will be due March 1, 2016, and the exemptions would first appear on property owners’ second installment 2015 property tax bills mailed out late next year.

The City of Evanston’s Property Tax Assessment Review Office acts as a taxpayer advocate for Evanston residents. The Office does not assess property, but answers residents’ questions and aids in exemption and appeal applications. Property assessment is done by the Cook County Assessor’s Office for all of Cook County.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 3-1-1.